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Address: Bath, ME

This complex builds destroyers for the U.S. Navy.

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Interesting Outside Tour

This tour would be so much better if they'd let you in the gates. Instead you ride passed the facility on a trolley (bus) with a tour guide pointing out what he can through the... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Clare P
New Bern, North Carolina
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New Bern, North Carolina
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This tour would be so much better if they'd let you in the gates. Instead you ride passed the facility on a trolley (bus) with a tour guide pointing out what he can through the walls and gates. Before embarking you watch a navy/ iron works produced film about the facility that is good. The tour guides tend to be... More 

Thank Clare P
Mint Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We have been to lots of museums and exhibits. This one rates in the top 5 nationally. It is not the largest we have seen and it focuses only on maritime history, but definitely well worth the time. It includes a boat excursion, historical buildings and the museum. I had no idea it was a naval shipyard that has played... More 

3 Thank Charles S
South Durham, Maine, United States
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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

You don'the really have to bee inside the Bath Iron Works shipyard to be awed by its activity. A casual trip into the beautiful riverside community of Bath, Maine reveals an instant snapshot of the U.S. Navy's newest weapon system, the Zumwalt, DDG 1000. This ship defies convention and it is a wonder to see. DON'T MISS IT!

1 Thank George B
Victoria, Texas
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

Great place to visit to learn about historical shipbuilding. It has a great museum and is well worth a few hours.

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Middletown, New Jersey
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We first visited the Maritime Museum, which was interesting - a good way to spend a rainy afternoon in Maine. We signed up to do the Bath Ironworks Trolley Tour. It was somewhat interesting, but a little bland. We had two teenagers with us, who found it rather boring. I would recommend the Maritime Museum, but skip the Iron Works... More 

1 Thank Jeannie G
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2014

This place is HUGE!!! They have been building ships here forever! Right now they are building a Destroyer for the Navy. If you drive down the street to the side of the building you can see inside a huge building and see sections of the ship being put together. Go to the bridge over the water there and you can... More 

6 Thank Dhackler30
Boone, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2014

Loved visiting the Bath Iron Works. I found the film and tour (given by a former employee) to be fun and informative. I was disappointed the tour is no longer allowed inside the factory grounds but I would highly recommend a visit to the Maritime Museum and BIW to anyone!

3 Thank SweetieJr
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I never thought I'd enjoy this…. We went because we were in Bath and it felt silly not to check it out. We lucked out. Guidebooks said that you need to book way in advance. We got them the day before our tour through the Maine Maritime Museum. Was fascinating. The guide was someone who had worked at the BIW... More 

5 Thank SLRS5
Grand Blanc, Mi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I am a ship enthusiast and generally love tours, but I would advise against this one. You can no longer go "inside", so everything seen from the trolley can be seen from a half mile walk along the facility fence and Kennebec River bridge. The other component of the tour is a 30 minute video from the Iron Works marketing... More 

6 Thank JaneGrandBlanc_Mi
Suffern, New York, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is a wonderful one hour trolley tour of a great USA production factory. They take you to every area of the factory- and you can see all the various destroyers in production. Tour guide Dennis was outstanding. Great piece of American History- dont miss it!

2 Thank fd20man

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